Housekeeper stole $8,000 in jewelry

A Bradenton Beach woman was arrested July 24 after she allegedly stole more than $8,000 worth of jewelry from a Bradenton home where she was employed to clean.

Erin L. Wright, 32, 401 Gulf Drive, faces charges of grand theft, defrauding a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property.

Wright had been cleaning the home in west Bradenton since 2013, according to the Bradenton police report.

On June 12, the homeowners told police they left $60 cash on the kitchen counter as payment for Wright’s services and left a house key inside the mailbox as they usually did when she was expected to clean.

When they returned home, the money was gone but the house was not clean, the report said.

The victims also noticed several items of jewelry, valued at $8,000, were missing, according to the report.

A detective from the Bradenton Police Department checked Wright’s pawn history and discovered she had sold several items that matched the description given by the victims.

Wright allegedly admitted to taking the cash and jewelry when she was interviewed by police.

Wright was taken to Manatee County jail where she posted a  $10,500 bond and was released.

Attorney Destiny Allyson Prater entered a plea of not guilty on Wright’s behalf and requested a jury trial.

Wright’s arraignment will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, July 11, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

            Mike Quinn, publisher of, contributed to this report.

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